Do you know that the Indian Navy’s second ocean-going sailboat INSV Tarini that entered Fremantle (Australia) port recently with country’s first all-women crew on board has an Odisha connect.
The boat draws her origin from the famous Taratarini temple of Odisha’s Ganjam district. The word ‘Tarini’ means boat and is also a Sanskrit word for saviour. Tara Tarini is the patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshipped for safety and success at sea.
The INSV Tarini vessel skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, with crew comprising Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta entered Fremantle port today during its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
Earlier, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off INSV Tarini from Goa on September 10. The vessel has covered 4,800 Nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator on September 25 and the Tropic of Capricorn on October 16, sources said.
Taratarini of Odisha is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei – the exclusive boat deity of Goa’s Mhadei river. Both the deities have sculptural similarities.
Designed in the Netherlands, INSV Tarini is a sloop built by Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. The hull is made of a wooden core fibreglass sandwich that performs better than aluminium and steel.
INSV Tarini carries a suite of six sails including a main sail, head sails, downwind sails and a storm sail. The mast is 25 meters tall and has been custom-built by Southern Spars, Cape Town, for sailing in extreme conditions. It also boasts of a Raymarine navigation suite and an array of latest satellite communication systems through which she can be contacted anywhere in the world.